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05.28.2013 | | Posted at 10:55 AM

This fall, Justin Vernon is sexing on your parliament

By Evan Rytlewski
A testament to the Bon Iver singer-songerwriter's penchant for recording whatever he likes, career interests be damned, Justin Vernon's band with past and present members of Collections of Colonies of Bees, Volcano Choir, released one album in 2009. A tightly knotted, often ambient album that never fully ceded its secrets, Unmap was by far the most difficult album Vernon has ever been a part of (m...
Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

Dec. 13, 2012

 It makes sense that Sufjan Stevens would have a soft spot for Christmas. After all, the holiday touches on several of the songwriter’s most pervasive motifs: Christianity, childhood nostalgia and Americana. What’s surprising
Monday, July 25, 2011

July 22, 2011

Bon Iver launched its latest tour Friday night, playing the first of two sold-out shows at the Riverside Theater, but not before a representative of the city read a statement from Mayor Tom Barrett proclaiming July 22 Bon Iver Day. That singer-songwr...
Monday, May 17, 2010

May 16, 2010

Prom Night. Some aim to forget. Some aim to re-live. It’s apparent that last Friday evening at First Avenue in Minneapolis that prom night is an even to not only be relived for some, but an event to be reconfigured. “The Las...
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
It’s not a particularly extraordinary story, but it’s been repeated so many times it has taken on the air of a myth: a heartbroken Justin Vernon retreated for the winter to his father’s northern Wisconsin cabin to lick his wounds, emerging from his three-month exile with a self-recorded album. The same way Blood on the Tracks owes nearly...
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009

Unmap (Jagjaguwar)

Milwaukee’s Collections of Colonies of Bees have been doing electro-acoustic post-rock for more than a decade. The group’s friend, alt folkie Justin Vernon of Eau Claire’s Bon Iver, has become an internationally hailed indie sensation over the past couple of years. Their collaborative act, Volcano Choir, brings together the best of everyone involved. Systematic staccato motifs, surging crescendos...

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